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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ljunkan (530) - SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2011
Golden orange color, mediumsized white head, some lacing on the glass. Aroma is lightly spicy with chamomile, grapes, and perfume. Flavour is a bit more spicy than the aroma, there’s chamomile and white wine. Rather acidic, but not that bitter. Dry, lightly warming finish. Lively carbonation with small bubbles. Mediumbodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (529) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours cloudy copper with a medium beige head, very fine clinging lacing. Fruity and malty aromas, biscuit, grass, grape, spice, and a hint of bubblegum. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Medium sweet, some citrus, light bitter finish. Malty notes linger.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (522) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber pour 2nd installment in 09-12 tasting..quite light color compared to 09..has some vinous notes in the nose to coincide with the Belgian triple action..nose is slightly sweet with rum butter quality..good offering totally different than 09 to say the least..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (521) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 (11/4/2010 - bottle) A slightly hazy, orange amber body with basically no head (bad glass maybe?). The aroma has strong yeast tones; dough, overripe fruit, some alcohol and mild sweet toasted malt. Very sweet up front with a slight tangy-sourness that creeps up as the beer travels back. Pretty acidic, and a bitter aftertaste of orange peel. Maybe a little too acidic for my liking, but I like the sourness at the same time. A little flat, too. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as time goes by, and the aftertaste gives way to the warm alcohol sensation in the mouth. I might try another bottle just to see if this one’s a bit off. It’s not bad. Aroma: 7 Appearance: 3 Taste: 5 Palate: 3 Overall: 12 (03/06/2013 - bottle) Hazy orange body, wisp of a head. Sweet floral and Belgian yeast aroma; honey, flowers, banana, medium spice (clove, allspice), grape, pear. Medium to full body, some carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of grape/white wine, light spice, yeast, moderate to heavy sweet. Aroma: 8 Appearance: 3 Taste: 7 Palate: 4 Overall: 16

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (488) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Although this isn’t really my style, this beer was quite impressive nonetheless. The Belgian yeast and the malty sweetness mixes perfectly with the hints of white wine. Minimal head. The aroma is very floral. Flavor is a little sour (like a saison), tangy, and sweet. The malts and hops are hard to describe because they aren’t really present... it feels more like you’re drinking white wine. It’s very drinkable and light-bodied, which allows the high ABV to sneak up on you. A unique experience.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pour golden with small white head. Aroma bursting with great white wine notes and abundant acidity. Great notes of sourness balanced with fruity (cherry, pear) sweetness. Flavor is far less straight forward, with subtle sweetness blunted by assertive belgian yeast and sour notes, finishing very dry. Probably takes a more sophisticated palate to detect the chamomile. Interesting, but doesn’t quite come off.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is hazy orange with two fingers of sudsy white head on top. Nose is yeast, bananas, grapes, flowers, candied sugar, and a zesty spice which I cant quite identify. Taste is delivered pretty verbatim when comparing to the nose. This was very drinkable in every respect, and worth the sample, but I find myself enjoying the Belgian yeast strain less and less as time progresses. If you are a fan of the Belgians, I would imagine this one to be rated at about a 4/5.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
wasnt a terribly exciting beer but it wasnt bad at the same time. some spices kept it interesting

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2011
A delicious and interesting brew! Oddly, not much in the aroma department outside of some sweet fruit, malt and yeast. Flavor was complex with tart and sweet wine grapes bursting through the Belgian yeast and malt. You could taste the different ingredients throughout each sip, finishing with a dry, satisfying, and somewhat sweet end. Never thought this could be accomplished so well!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a bright gold with less than a finger of white head that quickly dissipated. Plenty of fruit in the aroma as well as a bit of floral spice. Fairly light bodied for the abv. The grapes are really upfront. The chamomile lingers in the finish. Very white wine like. Fairly dry. Not a lot of hop presence. Interesting beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it our again. My wife, who is more of a wine lover, really enjoyed it.


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